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Mysticism is "a constellation of distinctive practices, discourses, texts, institutions, traditions, and experiences aimed at human transformation, variously defined in different traditions."
“ گفتم: ای پیر، چشمه ی زندگانی کجاست؟ گفت: در ظلمات. گفتم: راه از کدام جانب است؟ گفت: از هر طرف که بروی، می رسی. گفتم: نشانی ظلمات چیست؟ گفت: تو خود در ظلماتی، اما نمی دانی. ”
“ . . . we come astonishingly close to the mystical beliefs of Pythagoras and his followers who attempted to submit all of life to the sovereignty of numbers. Many of our psychologists, sociologists, economists and other latter-day cabalists will have numbers to tell them the truth or they will have nothing. . . . We must remember that Galileo merely said that the language of nature is written in mathematics. He did not say that everything is. And even the truth about nature need not be expressed ...more ”
Reading Simone Weil? Great, we are too.
[close] Reading Simone Weil? Great, we are too.
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[close] Among the most easily recognized mystic communications are riddles, parables, fables, woven in symbols, dreams, allegory, apocrypha, & metaphors. Mystics often speak of being in a trance. They are communicating something other-worldly. Philosophers, in an attempt to make the deeper meaning more esoteric, obscured the meaning of their writes. Scientists use symbols & codes. One must come to understand metaphors, symbols & codes so they can understand. So, why have these writers throughout history used such obscure methods to say something that should be easy to say? Ø Being persecuted. Ø To speak about the ethereal world or to acknowledge communication with entities outside of our world would usually lead to being labeled insane. Ø Mysticism is meant for those who seek truth. Why write mystically? Or, how does the mysticism find the author? Many writers throughout history have found themselves helpless to the labels of insanity bestowed upon them. I often wonder if the likes of Virginia Wolff, Edgar Allen Poe, or Emily Dickinson would be considered mentally incompetent by today's standards. Language limits us from being able to fully express what we experience & what we intuit. We are forced by these limitations to use words creatively to give our reader insights that are otherwise lost in common usage. Writers are painting pictures, providing backdrops with sound, taste, texture & feeling – but the mystic writer is taking you behind the veil to a place where the senses have no power & hard reality does not exist, & mystic writers are translating from a language unknown to man, a language spoken to them by entities that exist in another time & space that is not in sync with our mortal occupation in the here & now. Mystic writers themselves are as perplexed about their relationship with or connection to the ethereal & the surreal as you are.
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Find us on www.reddit.com/r/RadicalChristianity /r/radicalChristianity has emerged as a commun…more
[close] Find us on www.reddit.com/r/RadicalChristianity /r/radicalChristianity has emerged as a community of people discussing the intersection of philosophy, theology, critical theory, and revolutionary politics. We are interested in re-investing Christianity with its transgressive elements, and as such we are openly against oppressive discourses (sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia). Many of us find our beliefs marked by a certain desire for disassociation with and transgression against conventional Christian institutions and culture. We support divergent forms of thinking. Together we are a group consisting of materialists, idealists, realists, anti-realists, pragmatists, mystics, theists, atheists, occultists, heretics, socialists, anarchists, communists, Marxists, pacifists, insurrectionists, and many other identities burdened with either an inordinate number of prefixes or else with none at all. Not all of us are politically "progressive". Some of us are of a slightly more orthodox and conservative bent, too -- interested in what it truly means to enact the transformative power of the cross in our daily lives. With such a broad definition of "radicality" and "Christianity", we find that group discussion is of paramount importance. Viewpoints that may initially seem odd or shocking are often filled with critical insights and viable possibilities of being that a cursory dismissal would otherwise overlook.
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[close] I am happy to answer any questions or to discuss any aspect of my new book The Still Before Dawn. Many find it hard to read about the abuse of a child, it was a hard life to live, but my message isn't about that, it is about how to heal. February 18, 2013 to March 21, 2013...See you there!
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